Project

Are abundant bacteria in Danish waterworks active

Publisher

Supervisor

Location

Greater Copenhagen area

Rapid sand filtration is a conventional biotechnological process used to treat groundwater for drinking water preparation. The microbiome consists of several chemolithoautotrophic microbial groups, including methane, sulfide, ammonium, iron and manganese oxidizers. Recently, a new pathway was discovered in these sandfilters – the complete ammonia oxidizers (comammox), oxidizing ammonia all the way to nitrate, which previously was considered to be a two-step process catalysed by two distinct groups of microorganisms. However, although comammox bacteria are abundant in the sandfilters, an important question remain: Are these bacteria active?

This project will optimize extraction of RNA in samples from various waterworks in the Copenhagen area for metatranscriptomic analyses, used to quantify the genetic activity of the whole microbial community in these biofilters.

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Contact

Company / Organization

DTU Miljø

Name

Barth F. Smets

Position

Professor

Mail

bfsm@env.dtu.dk

Supervisor info

BSc in Biotechnology

Supervisor

Barth F. Smets

Co-supervisors

Alejandro Palomo, Marlene Mark Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 60

Type

Final project, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

BSc in Environmental Engineering

Supervisor

Barth F. Smets

Co-supervisors

Alejandro Palomo, Marlene Mark Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 60

Type

Final project, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

MSc in Biotechnology

Supervisor

Barth F. Smets

Co-supervisors

Alejandro Palomo, Marlene Mark Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 60

Type

Final project, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

MSc in Environmental Engineering

Supervisor

Barth F. Smets

Co-supervisors

Alejandro Palomo, Marlene Mark Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 60

Type

Final project, BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

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